The Importance of Good Digestion
- We absorb nutrients from food through digestion: In natural medicine, there is a saying, "It's not what you eat, but what you can absorb." Eating healthy foods are only part of the equation; the gut must be healthy and well-functioning to absorb all the nutrients the body needs. This is essential since many of the foods we eat not necessarily nutrient-dense, to begin with.
- We eliminate waste after digestion: A healthy gut eliminates waste from the body regularly through the bowels. If elimination is not optimal, we reabsorb toxins back into the body. If you deal with chronic constipation, this can lead to other health problems.
- Digestion affects the immune system: 70-80% of the immune system resides in the gut. When gut health is compromised, we tend to get sick more often and have a hard time bouncing back.
- Digestion affects moods and emotions: Studies show neurological function and mental wellness is influenced by the gut microbiome. In other words, we need healthy gut bacteria if we want to think clearly, feel happy and experience optimal mental wellbeing.